At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Monday, 1 December 2014


What many Bigfoot researchers do not realize is that there are traditions of Wildmen in Europe also.  Whether they are all extinct by now is a moot point; but they are certainly worth looking into.

Today we shall venture to Croatia, which was until comparatively recently part of Yugoslavia.  There is a tradition in that country of hairy wildmen called Veds.  This word may be related to the English word wood, coming from a common Indo-European root.  Veds were said to live in woods and to have settlements there.  They wore ragged clothes, which might indicate they plundered human garbage dumps.  They were not necessarily unfriendly and would sometimes help humans.  Their tallness was emphasized.  Sometimes, a ved skeleton would be found in a tree trunk.  There were also traditions of wild women (sumske dekle) which may have been female veds.

Belief in veds seems to have started to evaporate from the middle of the 19th Century.  They are now almost forgotten in their native land.  However, there is nothing inherently implausible in the existence of such creatures.

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